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Internships

Civil Engineering

Each 1st Class (senior) summer, Civil Engineering majors have the option to apply what they’ve learned in the classroom by working as an intern at operational engineering units. Interns are assigned a project that delivers solutions to real problems faced by the Coast Guard, and they perform the actual design or fieldwork.

Internship Opportunities

Civil Engineering interns gain valuable practical experience, as they work alongside professionals in their field, witnessing firsthand the real-world, day-to-day challenges encountered by civil engineers. The Civil Engineering program offers students a range of exciting internship opportunities, such as:

Civil Engineering Unit (CEU)
Cleveland, OH

CEU Cleveland manages projects that maintain the shore stations in the Great Lakes region. This internship involved multiple environmental remediation projects. Observing the civil engineer’s active role within the Coast Guard, the intern came to appreciate the importance and relevance of the civil engineer’s broad skill set. Participating in the internship program proved crucial to the intern’s decision to pursue civil engineering as a career.

Telecommunications & Information Systems Command (TISCOM)
Alexandria, VA

The Telecommunication & Information Systems Command (TISCOM) internship delivers a close up view of facilities engineering at a large Coast Guard unit. Interacting with the civilian professional staff and contractors, the intern was introduced to contract competition and bidding, gaining a practical perspective regarding project management and how business is done within the Coast Guard.

Tracen Center Petaluma

Training Center (TRACEN) Petaluma is the Coast Guard’s largest West Coast Training Center. The training center operates 10 schools offering 50 courses to approximately 4000 students a year. The facility occupies more than 800 acres of land, which include 129 family housing units and 90 other buildings. It has its own clinic, chapel, fire department, and police, as well as a water treatment plant, solar array, and other sustainable infrastructure. Students that complete internships at TRACEN Petaluma have the opportunity to learn about the construction, operation, and maintenance, of large scale public works infrastructure.

Sponsor Family Application

Thank you for submitting your application to be part of the Sponsor Family Program. Your application will be processed in the upcoming week. Coast Guard Academy’s policy on background screening now requires all adults (everyone 18 and older living in the home) who volunteer to mentor, teach, coach or sponsor cadets, whether on or off Coast Guard Academy grounds, to be screened every 5 years. They are required to provide personal information (name, birth date and social security number) for the purpose of conducting a criminal background check.

The Security Officer at the Coast Guard Academy, CWO2 Gina Polkowski, is overseeing this process. Her email is: Gina.M.Polkowski@uscg.mil.

Sponsor Family designations fall into several different categories. Below are the guidelines to help you determine how best to meet the background screening requirement:

  1. If you are Coast Guard active duty you do not need to apply for an additional Background Check. You will be vetted through the Coast Guard system by CWO2 Polkowski.
  2. If you are a Civilian working for the Coast Guard you do not need to apply for an additional Background Check. You will be vetted through the Coast Guard system by CWO2 Polkowski.
  3. If you are non-Coast Guard Active Duty, you are required to provide proof of your current security clearance or National Agency Check that is to be emailed by your Command Security Officer (CSO)/ Security Office to CWO2 Polkowski at  Gina.M.Polkowski@uscg.mil.
  4. If you are non-Coast Guard civilian who has a current security clearance or National Agency check, you are required to provide proof of your current security clearance or National Agency Check that is to be emailed by your Command Security Officer (CSO)/ Security Office to CWO2 Polkowski at  Gina.M.Polkowski@uscg.mil.
  5. All civilians in the families who are 18 years or older and do not have a security clearance or a National Agency Check are required to be vetted through Mind Your Business, the third party vendor hired by the Coast Guard Academy for the vetting process.

After you complete your application, please e-mail the Sponsor Family Program Coordinator at CadetFamilySponsorProgram@uscga.edu. In your e-mail, you must include the e-mail address and phone number of every adult living in the home. The Sponsor Family Coordinator will then initiate the background check process and you will receive an email with further instructions.

Important things to note:

There is a Sponsor Family Training that is a one-hour training which we ask sponsors to attend once every four years. This training is designed to give you an overview of the program, what is expected of you as a sponsor, and what you can expect from your cadets. This training will also help familiarize you with the cadet regulations onboard CGA. You will be notified via e-mail once the training is scheduled.

The matching process of swabs to families will occur during July and August. Please bear with us and remain flexible through this process. There will be a meet and greet scheduled on Campus, typically in late August. This will give families an opportunity to formally meet their cadet if they have not already done so. Details on this will also be via email.

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